There is no exemption to the Caesar Act based on where people reside asserted US State Department Special Envoy for Syria Joel D. Rayburn on Wednesday. The United States has been sending very strong messages through diplomatic channels, and in public statements urging everyone to respect the Caesar Act, the provisions in the Caesar Act.

“We can make no exceptions. We’ve also urged our friends in many places around the world to wind down their business if they are involved with sanctioned individuals and entities or those that are likely to be sanctioned and to not put us in the position of having to sanction them instead of spending our time sanctioning the Syrian regime and its associates. We’ve made very clear that we will not hold back from doing that, but we’ve urged everyone not to put us in that position,” said Special Envoy for Syria Joel D. Rayburn.

Sanctions under the Caesar Act are already having an effect on the thinking of those inside the regime and those who are supporters of the Assad regime.

“We do believe that they are getting the message loud and clear that these economic sanctions will continue until they accede to a political solution, as called for by UNSCR 2254,” said the special envoy.

Arab and Gulf countries 

Special Envoy Rayburn emphasized that the United States was in very close coordination with their Arab partners on the Syrian conflict. One of the major ways in which the US coordinate actions and diplomatic initiatives is through the Small Group of nations, which includes the three – our three European allies, France, the UK, and Germany, but it also includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

“We are in near-continuous discussion with our major Arab partners about what we need to do together to try to reach a political solution to the Syrian conflict,” he stated.